Getting to the lab is not difficult, but does require driving a few kilometers on a gravel road which can get muddy, then a couple hundred meters off-road to the visitor parking lot, and a walk in along a well-marked 1.5 km trail through the Natural Area. To get to the BBO visitor parking lot:

  • Drive east out of Edmonton on Highway 14, marked to Camrose/Wainwright.
  • When you reach Tofield stay on Highway 14 until Secondary Highway 834, marked to Bawlf.
  • You also have the option of going through the Town of Tofield (watch for Watchable Wildlife signs).
  • Turn north (left) on Hwy 834 and continue until you reach a T-intersection.
  • Turn east (right) at the T-intersection on to Secondary Highway 626, which turns quickly to gravel.
  • Continue straight east as Hwy 626 becomes Township Road 510.
  • Follow Twp Rd 510 almost to the end, approximately 6.25 km after the road turned to gravel.
  • You will see a gate and a cattle guard on the north (left) side of the road.
  • Proceed through this gate (closing it behind you) and continue across the field along the tracks.
  • This portion is on private property—please protect the vegetation and be cautious around the cattle.
  • Park your vehicle on the inside of the second gate, inside the Natural Area.

Once you've parked your vehicle, you're just a short 20 minute walk away from the lab:

  • Take the main trail, "Harrier Highway", northeast from the visitor parking lot.
  • The trail runs along Lister Lake and provides excellent birding opportunities.
  • After approximately 1 km, watch on your left for the signs for "Warbler Way"
  • Wind along "Warbler Way" for approximately 0.5 km through the young poplar forest until you reach the lab.

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